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Courses

Planning your semester in 3 easy steps:

Decide on your academic track:

Students enroll in one of three different academic tracks:

  • European Politics / EU Studies
  • International and European Business
  • French Language and Culture

Choose your courses:

  • 2 signature courses at the ESC = 6 US semester credits
  • University of Strasbourg courses = 9 US semester credits
  • Total = 15 US semester credits

Talk with your study abroad advisor:

  • Complete the application.
  • Make an appointment with your study abroad advisor.
  • Get the final approval and signature on your application from your advisor.

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European Politics / EU Studies Track

Spring Semester: January 7, - June 6, 2018

The Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg, also known as IEP Strasbourg or Sciences Po Strasbourg was the second IEP, founded on October 9, 1945, after the IEP Paris (Sciences Po). Since January 1, 2009, it is part of University of Strasbourg, the largest university in France.

Language of instruction: English

This academic track is designed for North American and international students. Prior knowledge of French language is not required.

Course load: Students take two courses at the ESC and choose three additional ones from the list below.

Credits: The amount of ECTS credits vary for each course.
Generally, 3 ECTS credits = 1.5 US semester credits
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Fall 2016


Spring 2017

  • History of European integration
  • Political Sociology of the EU
  • European Policies towards Old and New Minorities in Contemporary Europe
  • Environmental Politics in the United States
  • Understanding contemporary Africa: National constructions, democratization and development
  • The Struggle of African-Americans for Civil Rights
  • The Politics of Visual Culture in Divided Societies: The Case of Northern Ireland
  • European Union Law
  • Approaches of European Cultural Pluralism: Artistic Transfer and Transnational Heritage
  • Europe in the Wider World
  • The Legal Culture of the European Court of Human Rights
  • International Public Law
  • A Web-based Course in Experimental Economics
  • Intensive French crash course (20 hours), Beginner and Intermediate levels
  • French as a Foreign language (20 hours), Beginner and Intermediate levels



International and European Business Track:

Spring Semester: January 7 - April 21, 2018

EM Strasbourg Business School is a French business school created in 1919 in Strasbourg, Alsace. Since 2000 it is one of the elite grandes écoles in France, ranking in the top 15 business schools in the nation. It is the only French Business School to operate under the umbrella of a traditional University: the University of Strasbourg. This model, inspired by US and other international references, enables the school to benefit from the multidisciplinary academic research conducted at the University of Strasbourg, a strong support from the public sector and solid partnerships with the private sector. The school is also accredited by the prestigious AACSB.

Language of instruction: English

This academic track is designed for North American and international students. Prior knowledge of French language is not required.

Course load: Students are highly encouraged to take two courses at the ESC and choose additional ones from the list below.

Credits: The amount of ECTS credits vary for each course.

Please visit the EM Strasbourg Business School intranet for course descriptions and syllabi.

Fall 2016 (semester A / 1)

Spring 2017 (semester B /2)

Generally, 3 ECTS credits = 1.5 US semester credits
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

  • International Strategy
  • Digital Divide
  • Introduction to European Economy
  • Financial markets and interest rates
  • Storytelling and Self-Management
  • Basics in Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to European Economic Policy gr.A1-A4
  • Marketing Basics
  • Basics in Strategy
  • Experiential Marketing
  • Cases in International Marketing
  • Principles in International Commerce
  • Theater for Managers
  • Basics in Supply Chain Management
  • Business models new paradigms
  • Business negotiation
  • Basics in Financial Analysis
  • European Entrepreneurship
  • Management of innovation
  • Essential concepts in financial analysis
  • Financial business cases I
  • Corporate finance & governance
  • Essential concepts in financial analysis
  • Financial institutions, markets and instruments
  • Corporate finance
  • Intercultural Management and Leadership
  • French culture and Society
  • International business case studies
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International soft skills essentials
  • International Human Resource Management
  • IFRS Principles: The Keys to Understand Financial Statements
  • International supply chain management
  • Internat. Busin. Negotiations: Bridging the Cultural Gap
  • Digital transformation of organizations
  • Logistics management project
  • Expertise in international commerce
  • NTICs, SRM, WMS, Transport tracability, CRM, VMI
  • European Integration I gr. A1-A2
  • Management of art organizations
  • Intercultural Managment - gr.A1-A2
  • Product management gr.A1
  • Business Game: Managing your growth
  • Global wine business (sem A)
  • BtoB Sales management
  • Sustainable marketing (sem A)
  • Logistics and distribution management (sem A)
  • Basics in innovation management
  • Business Negotiation gr.A1
  • Basics in Human Ressource Management
  • Basics in Management of Information Systems gr.A1
  • Economy of Happiness
  • Introductory Grape and Wine Knowledge (sem A)
  • Internat. Busin. Negotiations: Bridging the Cultural Gap
  • Basics in oenology, viticulture and wine tasting

French Language and Culture Track

The Institut International d'Études Françaises (IIEF) at the Université de Strasbourg offers intensive French language and culture classes to a diverse and international student body.

Language of instruction: French

This academic track is designed for North American and international students. Prior knowledge of French language is not required.

Course load: Students take a language module and a French-taught content courses during the semester. The student's French level will determine the number of hours they study the language: students with stronger French skills will take fewer hours of language and more content courses.

Credits: The amount of ECTS credits vary for each course.
Generally, 3 ECTS credits = 1.5 US semester credits
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

French Language Course Modules:

French-taught Courses: Level B1

  • The European institutions
  • The French catering and hotel industry
  • Lexical enrichment of French
  • Political institutions of the Fifth French Republic
  • The French by the theater
  • Gastronomy: a cultural history
  • French society
  • Contemporary history
  • Introduction to Literature
  • creative writing
  • Create and run a blog

French-taught Courses: Level B2

  • French political institutions
  • Introduction to German
  • The figure of the hero in French literature
  • The comparative approach of English and French
  • History French documentary film
  • Film analysis
  • ke a movie
  • The French through song
  • The French science
  • The French world of work
  • French society
  • Knowing the European Union
  • The French luxury and art


French-taught Courses: Level C1 / C2

  • Cultural Knowledge
  • French Society through Song
  • Laughter and Humor to the French
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relationships
  • Literary Movements
  • Advanced grammar
  • The Language of the street
  • Communication in French Business
  • Strasbourg, a City of Art
  • Journalistic Writing Workshop
  • History of European Ideas
  • France and its nineteenth and twentieth century colonies
  • History French Policy of the Fifth Republic
  • History of the French Revolution
  • Phonology

Signature Courses at the Castle

The European Study Center (ESC) offers two specially designed courses taught in English at the Château by professors from the University of Strasbourg.

Language of instruction: English

Course load: Students in all academic tracks are highly encouraged to take both courses at the European Study Center in addition to their regular courses at the University of Strasbourg.

The European Union and Contemporary Affairs
(45 hours = 3 US semester credits)

Description: This course is dedicated to the European Union, its institutions and policies. It aims at clarifying how is organised the European Union since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Based on practical questions, the course will develop a multidisciplinary approach and insist on the specificity of the Union compared to other international organizations as well as the United States in terms of influence and achievements. The course will also focus on the singularity of the relationship between the Union and its various Member States.

Hours: 30 classroom hours + 7 hours for attending the "Castle Talks" International Symposium + 8 hours for the excursions and guest lectures.

European Identity and Cross-Cultural Communication
(45 hours - 3 US semester credits)

Description: Students will learn about the European idea and the different approaches to European Integration. The course brings together all of the experiential learning components of the program (e.g. excursions, professional visits, guest lectures, etc.).

Hours: 30 classroom hours + 15 hours for Brussels 3-day excursion, the visits and presentations at the EU institutions in Strasbourg; The European Parliament, The Council of Europe, and The Court of Human Rights.

Language of instruction: English

Course load: Students in all academic tracks are highly encouraged to take part in the International Career Seminar during their semester in Strasbourg.

  • International Career Seminar
    (3 sessions of 1 hour each, not for credit)

    Description: This seminar is designed for students to hone in on developing their professional, academic, and personal skills during their study abroad program. The seminar is specifically designed to meet students where they are and guide them into a deeper reflection. The seminar will help our students put their understanding into context and prepare for their future personal and professional lives. Students and on-site team will meet regularly during the students’ study abroad experience. Students will participate in a number of cultural excursions, a service learning opportunity, business visits, an international symposium, a number of reflective discussions, and engage in career development activities.